Octacon – How long until we have Star Trek Replicators

Posted by Reece Arnott on May 25, 2012 in Talks tagged with

This is a page where I have collected together all the links for a talk at a small conference over Queens Birthday weekend 2012. The following text is the text I based the talk on. If I had gone through everything it would have probably been a 2 hour talk before even getting to the discussion at the end! Firstly, if you are new the whole 'makers' movement and are a sci-fi buff, check out Makers by Cory Doctorow, available in lots of different electronic formats for free. The handout is available as odt and pdf. The slideshow is available as odp and pdf. This talk is in four parts.

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Beginner’s soldering

Posted by Paul Campbell on May 06, 2012 in Projects tagged with

A month ago we did some freeform soldering for beginners, this coming week we're going to repeat the board soldering night for beginners we did last year. Thursday this week May 10th is board soldering night - please bring along a soldering iron of you have one. Last year we built badges with an Arduino on it that could do blinky LEDs, they were hard to program though without a special cable and used expensive 3v batteries. This year we have a new add-on kit that rectifies those limitations of the badge kit - it includes a USB to serial converter and allows you to power your badge from your

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Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI-Scan) Project

Posted by Brian Paavo on April 14, 2012 in Projects tagged with , ,

Last year at the joint D-Space/DunLUG meeting I made  a brief presentation on one of my research projects - the SPI-Scan system.  Several of my first prototypes are currently being used by universities, government agencies, and private consultants domestically and internationally to monitor the ecological health and human impacts on  shallow coast environments, especially mariculture farms, coastal developments, and ocean discharges.  After receiving feedback I wanted to take the next model 'to the next level' and built most of the optical mechanical systems, but the heart of the new s

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What’s been happening at the makerspace?

Posted by Blair McBride on April 04, 2012 in News tagged with , , ,

After a hiatus over the Christmas/New Years break and a slow start to the year, the Makerspace has been bustling with activity recently. Brian Paavo talked about the underwater scanner project the Makerspace is collectively working on, and work has been progressing on that (there will be a post about that soon). Paul Campbell held a soldering workshop, and about a dozen people made LED sculptures. One of the highlights on Saturday was William George's project of converting  chrome-plated toaster into an audio CD player. And when you come into the Makerspace now, you'll notice that the room ha

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Board meeting notes

Posted by Blair McBride on December 27, 2011 in Meeting Notes tagged with ,

Notes from the recent board meeting, which is open to all members. Discussing financials, running of the makerspace, and how to help the makerspace succeed.

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Availability over Christmas and New Years

Posted by Blair McBride on December 14, 2011 in Announcements tagged with ,

For those of you that don't regularly read the mailing list, Paul posted recently on the schedule over Christmas and New Years time of the year. There's a lot of people heading out of town, spending time with family they don't see often, or just plain busy - so the workshop won't be open as regularly. There will be the odd event on Thursday night, and the workshop will sometimes be open on Saturdays. Check the calendar and the mailing list for details on specific dates. If you are interested in using the space please send mail to the mailing list and we'll see which board members are availa

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Bookscanner project

Posted by Reece Arnott on September 11, 2011 in Projects tagged with

Here are some notes on my book-scanner project, inspired by diybookscanner.org. This is a work in progress and will initially be a single large page and I'll probably update it and split it into a Lessons Learned (blind alleys, problems, workarounds and eventual solutions) section at some point. If you want something I haven't documented yet just email me: reece.arnott@gmail.com   Vision I am planning on building a book-scanner using 3d printed parts so that the design can be easily replicated in the near future when hobbyist 3d printing becomes more widespread. I want something that

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Talk: Beginning electronics courses

Posted by Paul Campbell on August 19, 2011 in Talks tagged with ,

I've started giving a series of basic electronics courses at Makerspace - these are aimed at everyone including complete beginners - I'm avoiding maths as much as possible, the idea is to get an understanding of what's going on in a circuit without getting bogged down in the details - your goal should be to be able to look at a schematic, ask yourself  "what's that thing for?" and be able to make a reasonable guess I'm making heavy use of the excellent circuit simulations at http://www.falstad.com/circuit/e-index.html - your browser will need java enabled to use them. The first session

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Talk: 3D photocopier

Posted by Reece Arnott on August 15, 2011 in Talks tagged with , ,

I've finally uploaded the PDF of the slides I was using. Note the static image on the page about how the Microsoft Kinect gets depth information from the changes in how the dots are perturbed by objects. This was originally an animated gif. You can go to the original source for that if you like. Click here for the original blog post I got this animated gif from.

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Talk: OpenWRT

Posted by Micheal Hamel on August 08, 2011 in Talks tagged with , , , ,

OpenWRT: thats an odd name... The story starts late 2002 when Linksys released a wireless router called the WRT54G. Andrew Miklas noticed (from the visible names used in the internal filesystem, amongst other things) that it was using Linux, without in any way acknowledging this or making the source available. They had obvioulsy modified Linux to get it to run on their hardware. This is a violation of the Linux license, the GPL. He tried contacting Linksys who weren't immediately co-operative, so he posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list and Linksys came under considerable pressure to r

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